There is a glitch in Alphabet's (GOOGL) (GOOG) Google Home Mini speaker. An early tester found that the gadget was recording his conversation without his knowledge or consent. Once informed, Google decided to remove the feature entirely.
Without missing a beat, the speaker is now available for purchase and will be shipped next week.
Google states in a release: We've decided to permanently remove all top touch functionality on Google Home Mini. We made this decision to avoid any confusion and give you complete peace of mind while using your Mini.
Apparently the issue affects people who received an early release of the device at some of Google events. Pre-ordered purchases will not be affected, it says. The update will be completely rolled out by Oct. 15. Speakers purchased Thursday will be shipped on Oct. 18, the representative says.
So, despite losing the top touch function, the price will remain the same: $49. Shares were slightly lower at the end of Thursday's session.
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